Missing Florida mother found buried in shallow grave in Alabama

The body of missing Florida mother Cassie Carli was found in a shallow grave in Alabama Saturday night — almost a week after the mother went missing while trying to pick up her daughter in a custody swap, officials said Sunday.

Authorities executing a search warrant found Carli’s body buried in a barn in Springville, nearly 300 miles north of where she was last found in Navarre Beach, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson said at a news conference Sunday.

Carli’s ex-boyfriend Marcus Spanevelo, who is currently in custody, has ties to the property, the sheriff said, without specifying the connection.

Spanevelo is accused of tampering with evidence and providing false information related to the investigation, the sheriff said.

More charges are pending for Spanevelo, according to the results of an autopsy scheduled for Monday.

Carli, 37, was identified by a tattoo on her body, police said.

“It’s obviously not the ending we wanted, but we hope to offer a little closure for the family,” Johnson told reporters.

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Carli disappeared while picking up her daughter at a custody swap.
Facebook / Cassie Carli

Sunday has been a week since she disappeared after picking up her 4-year-old daughter Saylor from a custody swap with Spanevelo, the tot’s father, in Navarre Beach, Pensacola.

Sheriff Johnson expects Spanevelo to eventually be extradited from Tennessee to the Santa Rosa County Jail.

“He was totally uncooperative. He never worked with us,” he said. “And that goes a long way. It’s your baby’s mother and she’s missing – and you won’t cooperate with authorities? That’s pretty telling.”

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Carli’s ex-boyfriend Marcus Spanevelo is considered a suspect and is currently in custody.
Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office

Spanevelo was being questioned by authorities in Birmingham on Wednesday, when authorities confirmed Saylor was safe. Police placed him under surveillance in Tennessee, culminating in his arrest Friday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

He was hit on his current charges for allegedly taking Carli’s cell phone and getting rid of it. The sheriff added he also “lied a couple of times in different scenarios.”

“I think we have a great case,” the sheriff said. “And I think he’s either going to spend the rest of his life in prison or get the needle.”

The Tennessee Department of Children and Family is taking custody of Saylor, WEAR reported. Missing Florida mother found buried in shallow grave in Alabama


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